Canada's PD Director Discusses Sesquicentennial Strategy

"We cannot rely solely on the star power of our Prime Minister," Vikas Sharma told the First Monday Forum audience. The director of Canada's public diplomacy office reviewed PD themes and tactics behind Canada's 150th anniversary celebration.

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Quotable: Brian Hildebrand on communication in the human terrain

Saturday, November 12th 2016

“Commanders and staff can analyze and describe an operational environment in terms of a mnemonic that employs six interrelated social factors: moral, religious-spiritual, social, political, economic, and aesthetical (MRsSPEA).”

 

Headline:     Social Factors and the Human Terrain

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Donald M. Bishop is the Bren Chair of Strategic Communications at Marine Corps University in Quantico, Virginia. 

Mr. Bishop served as a Foreign Service Officer – first in the U.S. Information Agency and then in the Department of State – for 31 years.  Specializing in Public Diplomacy, political-military affairs, and East Asia, he attained the rank of Minister-Counselor in the career service.  He was President of the Public Diplomacy Council from 2013 to 2015 and is now a member of the Board of Directors.

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U.S. Public Diplomacy meets a new challenge

Friday, November 11th 2016

About the time the world thought it had us figured out, here came the 2016 Presidential election.

On November 9, U.S. stock futures dropped over 700 points; the day after that, the Dow Jones average ended up more than 250 points.  Dire warnings about the future of American democracy ensued; today after the meeting between President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump at the White House, BBC News dared hope for a restoration of civility in U.S. politics.  One sure thing is that so far, no one knows what President Trump will do or how the world will react.

It’s also a safe bet that this transition and change of administrations poses a unique challenge for United States public diplomacy.

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Joe B. Johnson consults on government communication and technology after a career in the United States Foreign Service.  He is an instructor for the National Foreign Affairs Training Center, where he teaches strategic planning for public diplomacy.

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Quotable: James Ludes on Russian political warfare to discredit liberal democracy

Tuesday, November 8th 2016

“Putin has borrowed a page from America’s Cold War playbook and seeks to expose the rot within the West, and especially within the United States, as a means of destroying Western cohesion, diminishing American influence and leadership, and reinforcing Russia.  The means employed by Russia are modern, including hacking and cyber-espionage, but, at its core, this is an influence operation of the kind embraced by the United States in the first decade of the Cold War.”

 

Headline:     The Russians Read our Cold War Playbook

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Donald M. Bishop is the Bren Chair of Strategic Communications at Marine Corps University in Quantico, Virginia. 

Mr. Bishop served as a Foreign Service Officer – first in the U.S. Information Agency and then in the Department of State – for 31 years.  Specializing in Public Diplomacy, political-military affairs, and East Asia, he attained the rank of Minister-Counselor in the career service.  He was President of the Public Diplomacy Council from 2013 to 2015 and is now a member of the Board of Directors.

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Quotable: Weisburd, Watts, and Berger on Russia and the U.S. election

Tuesday, November 8th 2016

“The United States disbanded the U.S. Information Agency after the Cold War and currently fields no apparatus to detect and mitigate Russia’s social media influence campaign.  As seen in America’s disjointed counter narratives against the Islamic State, efforts to create any kind of U.S. information strategy are plagued by disparate and uncoordinated efforts strewn among many military, diplomatic, and intelligence commands. American cyber operations and hacking reside separately with the National Security Agency. Russia, on the other hand, seamlessly integrates the two efforts to devastating effect.”

 

Editor’s note:  This is a rich article that should be read in full by all Public Diplomacy practitioners and scholars.  Not all heavy reading, it’s leavened with social and cyber analysis; examples drawn from from White House petitions and the price of Disney stock; examples of white, gray, and black propaganda; and even the Russian use of “honeypots.”

 

Headline:     Trolling for Trump: How Russia Is Trying to Destroy Our Democracy

 

Subhead:      Trump isn’t the end of Russia’s information war against America. They are just getting started.

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Donald M. Bishop is the Bren Chair of Strategic Communications at Marine Corps University in Quantico, Virginia. 

Mr. Bishop served as a Foreign Service Officer – first in the U.S. Information Agency and then in the Department of State – for 31 years.  Specializing in Public Diplomacy, political-military affairs, and East Asia, he attained the rank of Minister-Counselor in the career service.  He was President of the Public Diplomacy Council from 2013 to 2015 and is now a member of the Board of Directors.

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Author: Donald M. Bishop

Quotable: James Pamment on strategic communication, development, branding, and public diplomacy

Monday, November 7th 2016

Strategic communication and public diplomacy are quite small research fields, but by looking at commonalities between them, and with place branding and international development, there is suddenly a much broader market interested in your research.  

 

Headline:     Interview: James Pamment on Strategic Communication and Public Diplomacy

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Donald M. Bishop is the Bren Chair of Strategic Communications at Marine Corps University in Quantico, Virginia. 

Mr. Bishop served as a Foreign Service Officer – first in the U.S. Information Agency and then in the Department of State – for 31 years.  Specializing in Public Diplomacy, political-military affairs, and East Asia, he attained the rank of Minister-Counselor in the career service.  He was President of the Public Diplomacy Council from 2013 to 2015 and is now a member of the Board of Directors.

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Author: Donald M. Bishop

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